The Importance of Us: A Philosophical Study of Basic Social Notions

Stanford University Press (1995)

Raimo Tuomela
University of Helsinki
This book develops a systematic philosophical theory of social action and group phenomena, in the process presenting detailed analyses of such central social notions as 'we-attitude' (especially 'we-intention' and mutual belief, social norm, joint action, and - most important - group goal, group belief, and group action). Though this is a philosophical work, it presents a unified conceptual framework that may be useful to social scientists, especially social psychologists, as well as philosophers. The book puts forward and defends a number of systematic philosophical theses, resulting in not only a theory of social action but, more broadly, a philosophical theory of society, or at least those aspects of society with which social psychology is supposed to deal (individuals in groups, groups, joint action, and the like).
Keywords Social sciences Philosophy
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Call number H61.T96 1995
ISBN(s) 0804724229   9780804724227  
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